Central High School in Woodstock is among 12 Virginia schools that were named National Blue Ribbon schools on Tuesday.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment,” said Superintendent Jeremy Raley. “They are recognized as being the elite among their peers.”

Central is the first school in Shenandoah County Public Schools to receive the national designation.

“I’m proud of the work they are doing,” Raley said.

Central was recognized as an “exemplary high performance school,” meaning the school is among the top-performing schools in regard to test scores and graduation rates, as well as student subgroup performance.

In Virginia, six other public schools and five private schools were also recognized this year as National Blue Ribbon schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The other public schools honored are Cosby High in Midlothian, Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke, Great Neck Middle School in Virginia Beach, Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, Riverheads High in Staunton and Snow Creek Elementary in Penhook.

The private schools are Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk, Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Potomac Falls, St. Mark Catholic School in Vienna and Trinity Lutheran School in Newport News.

Raley said representatives from Shenandoah County schools will travel to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9 for a recognition ceremony. He added that a small celebration was held during a faculty meeting and an acknowledgement will be made at the next School Board meeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com